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If you've sustained an injury or trauma to your hip, and have persistent pain, you need to have diagnostic testing to check for the presence of a hip fracture. Because hip fractures are hard to diagnose with X-rays alone, further testing is necessary if patients continue to have pain.
Recently emergency rooms have seen this type of situation where a patient arrives for treatment, after an injury or fall, but the X-rays are normal even though they have a fracture.
With the prevalence of hip fractures in the elderly, we need to have additional testing available, if these X-rays don't locate a fracture, and the pain persists. If you have normal hip X-rays but can't bear weight or the pain doesn't go away, ask for additional testing, like a CT scan or MRI.
Emergency rooms see this type of hidden hip fracture, where the patient has persistent pain from trauma, but the X-rays don't show a fracture. If they don't find a fracture, the patient is se...
We all know that hip fractures can be deadly, but the latest report in the supplement to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reminds us just how dangerous they can be. After a hip fracture, 20 percent of women die within a year and 20 percent are permanently disabled. In addition, while the risk of osteoporosis is higher in Caucasian and Asian women, statistics show that minority groups have disproportionately negative outcomes in the event of a fracture. African American women, in particular, are twice as likely to die in the first year after a hip fracture than white women. This serves as a reminder to do all we can to increase osteoporosis awareness and preventive behavior all people. Read more about these troubling figures at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/84466.php .
Alternative Names Transverse wrist fracture; Dinner-fork deformity of the wrist Symptoms Change in the shape or angle of the forearm just above the wrist Inability to hold or lift heavy objects Wrist pain Swelling just above the wrist
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